Personal health budget pilots: fifth interim evaluation report:
The fifth interim independent evaluation report about the personal health budget pilot programme has been published by the personal health budgets evaluation (PHBE) team.
The report is based on interviews with 52 budget holders and 13 carers and suggests that there is widespread potential for personal health budgets to lead to improvements in health and wellbeing.
The report highlights that the role of information, advice and support is vitally important. It identifies some challenges, and work continues to explore these in more detail, to develop methods to overcome them and help the NHS to deliver personal health budgets in the longer term. Department of Health